Author: Zachariah Wheaton

Open Ramp Returns to Air Station Traverse City for First Time Since Pandemic

6OpenRamp2022 2OpenRamp2022 1OpenRamp2022 4OpenRamp2022 3OpenRamp2022 5OpenRamp2022 Ahead of the big National Cherry festival Airshow, thousands of people went to Air Station Traverse City’s open house Friday. It’s the first time they’ve held Open Ramp since the pandemic. Lieutenant Brandon Skelly, says he’s excited for what the weekend will bring. “Kind of kicking off Cherry Fest this week. This isn’t the…

Drivers Noticing More Travelers This Holiday Weekend

With the start of the National Cherry Festival and the holiday weekend, a lot of people are headed up to northern Michigan. AAA Michigan says more than 1.7 million Michiganders are expected to travel 50 miles or more this weekend. That’s a 10% increase from last year. John Nicholson was on his way up to northern Michigan from the Detroit…

FLOW: SCOTUS Decision to Strike Down Clean Air Act a “Rejection of Reality”

A local water advocacy group  is upset after the U.S. Supreme Court did away with the Clean Air Act of 1970. In a 6-3 vote, the court decided the Environmental Protection Agency doesn’t have the right to force restrictions on another state. Justices decided only state legislators could impose restrictions on businesses in their state, including imposing restrictions on emissions…

People Advised to Keep Out of Water at Clinch Park

The Grand Traverse County Health Department says people should stay out of the water at Clinch Park. In a water sample gathered today, E. coli levels were at a level three. That exceeds the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy’s (EGLE) standards. Jackie Finch is a resident of Traverse City. She says the advisory comes at a very…

Workers at Ventra Auto Parts Plant in Evart Threatening to Strike

Workers at the Ventra Auto Parts Plant in Evart aren’t happy with recent contract negotiations and say they may go on strike if they’re not offered another contract. Ventra makes plastic moldings and other components for the Big Three car companies and Tesla. The workers contract is set to expire Friday. They held a rally calling for a new contract…

Algae is Turning Torch Lake Brown, New Effort Hopes to Solve Issue

Local researchers are trying to answer a question they’ve been studying for years: what’s causing the algae growing in Torch Lake? A new effort between researchers from local conservation groups and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) are trying to figure out what’s allowing the algae to grow and what they can do to stop it. Three Lakes Association Executive Director Jeanie…

Solving the Shortage: NWRTC and Michigan Works! Offer Free Firefighter Training Program

In an effort to solve the ongoing firefighter shortage in northern Michigan, people are getting a chance to go through free firefighter training. The Northwest Regional Fire Training Center partnered with Michigan Works! to provide the training. Training Coordinator Bill Parker says he hopes the training will get more people into the firefighting career. “As we’ve seen in the news…

City Commissioners Meet for Year End Budget Adjustments After Year of Rising Prices

Traverse City Commissioners met Monday to approve extra expenses and revenue to this year’s budget. The year end budget adjustments happen every year to make sure the city’s money is balanced. However, due to higher-than-expected-costs this year’s was a bit more challenging. City Manager Marty Colburn says some bids came in higher than what they originally budgeted. “There are inflationary…

People Worship at Revival Center Church Despite Saturday’s Fire

Despite a fire Saturday morning that destroyed the Revival Center Church in Cadillac, worshipers still gathered Sunday for service. As investigators work to determine what caused Saturday’s fire, people from all around stepped up to make sure they had a Sunday service. They held service today in a tent on top of a hill, overlooking the charred up church. Pastor…